FAQ about Denver Builders
We build across the Front Range, including Denver County, Douglas County, Jefferson County, Arapahoe County, as well as many of the Mountain Counties. You can visit recent projects in Parker, Castle Rock, Roxborough Park, Golden, Evergreen and Denver.
The design process takes approximately 4-12 weeks. Permitting takes 3 weeks. Construction time usually takes approximately 7-8 months, sometimes longer, depending on the complexity of design, material availability and weather conditions.
There is no set square foot price because each home or project is unique. Custom home prices vary greatly. In general, the average cost per square foot is between $225 – $245 for the construction of the home. Land, water tap fees or well and septic, as well as architecture and engineering are additional costs. Construction of a very basic custom home will cost around $195 – $220 per square foot, while a high-end/luxury home will be closer to $300 – $380 per square foot.
Here are some things that will affect the square foot cost of your home: complexity of design; site conditions; proximity to utilities; amenities selected; percolation of site if septic system is required; square footage; building materials used; ceiling heights, and number of stories.
We have an in-house licensed realtor who specializes in land, or we can work with an agent you have selected. See our link to full-service real estate.
We incorporate optimum site selection, material efficiency, energy efficiency and site protection when building. At Peak, we are happy to recommend green and environmentally sound products, however, green building is to date more costly, so green applications may be traded off against standard applications in light of budget.
Yes, all of our homes are Energy Efficient. Peak Construction Company utilizes a variety of environmentally sound products designed to reduce pollution, promote healthier indoor air, decrease water usage, preserve natural resources and reduce maintenance.
Absolutely. We carry a 2 million-liability policy and require a 2 million policy of our trades as well. We carry a license in every county and city in which we work.
We have excellent relationships with lenders that provide construction loans and will help you every step of the way, or you can use a lender you have selected. Before meeting with your lender, we provide you with a detailed, computerized cost program designed to meet your budget requirements.
Because your new home will be designed and built around your budget, you and your lender can depend on the cost program for its accuracy. You will have peace of mind knowing that your budget will not be exceeded due to unexpected cost overruns. We can even provide you with a market analysis of your current home.
The opportunity to influence cost and save money on your home or project is during the planning and design stage. After that, money can only be spent. Once your budget is established, we provide you with a detailed, computerized cost program that is continuously reviewed. Construction techniques and materials throughout the planning and drafting of your new home are carefully monitored. This assures the most cost-effective methods to maximize the value of your investment; we guarantee that what you start with on the drawing board will stay in budget during the construction stage.
Peak Construction has strong working relationships with numerous architectural firms in the area, or we can work with an architect you have chosen. We stay actively involved in the process throughout the design stage to give critical design and budgeting advice, so the architect and builder are working in tandem, ensuring there are no cost overruns.
Building a custom construction project is an inherently problematic and stressful task. One of the biggest challenges is foreseeing all of the potential problems and, in jobs with many different trades, making sure that every different task has been covered in at least one subcontractor’s scope of work. This coordination should be left to someone with a very high level of experience and the ability to visualize and communicate to the subcontractors the flow of the building process and the immediacy of all deadlines. The owner of Peak Construction has 43 years of construction management expertise.
Your decision to hire one builder over another should not rest solely on price. In fact, there are several other criteria that are more important: style, finishes and features of the home, the site conditions and the type of contract used for construction.
Custom home bids by competitive builders are difficult to read and compare, and you have to ensure that the bids are based on identical specifications using the same quality of materials. Most importantly, you will need to consider the quality of the workmanship offered by each builder.
Remember, the low bid signifies the cheapest builder you can find, and it is possible that builder will not be the cheapest when construction is done. More important than cost is the builder’s reputation, professionalism, experience, competence and warranty coverage.
Another important consideration is your personal compatibility with your builder. Building a custom home can be a stressful experience, and the better relationship you have with your builder, the easier it will be.
Yes. We prefer to conduct a phone conversation to discuss your vision; then we meet you at your lot to evaluate setbacks, the building envelope, topography, etc. At that point, we can provide a “ballpark estimate.” A detailed estimate and budget involves several more meetings.
How much longer did the project take than you were told? Were the schedule delays due to lack of specifications by the owner, design changes or weather, or were they due to poor planning and execution?
How much more did the project cost than you had budgeted for?
Also, you MUST make sure any contractor you consider has: a current and valid license for the correct license category, active worker’s compensation insurance to protect you in the event that a worker is injured on the job, and commercial general liability insurance to protect you from any catastrophic events that could potentially occur during the course of construction.
Yes. We will be glad to send you a list of homeowners, suppliers and banking references.
We have built homes for many out-of-state homeowners. We have an efficient selection process and we provide daily consultations and photos for your peace of mind.
What are Change Orders? Change orders represent an increase or decrease in cost because something has been added or deleted by you, the client. Both parties, in writing, agree to change orders before the work is started.
If you would like your project to run smoothly, on schedule and on budget, then you want to have these decisions made before each phase of construction starts. If you don’t mind paying more and having the project take longer than you thought, then you can decide as you go along. We strongly advise you choose your products and finishes beforehand; however, we are flexible and willing to make changes as needed during construction.
Peak Construction Company provides a Residential Home Warranty with every custom home built. While a great amount of detail and attention is given to your home or project, there may be items that need to be addressed once you move in. Because of this, your home or project will come with a number of warranties.
First, you will receive a variety of manufacturer’s warranties. In addition, we provide a “1 Year Warranty” which completely covers every item not covered by manufacturer’s warranties.
Initially, we will call you for a phone consultation, and then schedule a time to meet and discuss your custom home vision or specifications. There is no charge for these meetings. One of the most important decisions you will have to make is hiring a builder. It is a good idea to hire a builder early in the process – even before you have picked a lot or a design for the house. The process of building a house is so complex that help from a professional builder in site selection, home design and outlining written specifications can avoid costly mistakes.
Peak Construction will execute a custom home construction agreement for you to review and sign. Once that is completed, you will make a $5,000 earnest deposit, which is applied to construction costs at time of building. In summary, this agreement retains Peak Construction to perform particular and specific tasks prior to construction. Essentially, it is the starting point of the design process. The agreement details the responsibilities and obligations of both the home buyer and of Peak Construction.
Yes, please, feel free to call our office for a list of exterior projects you may view.